A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some characters are spoiled, mean, and/or bossy, but most eventually realize the error of their ways.
Violence & Scariness
Classic fairytale violence: threats of poisoning, a young prince's mock battles and duels, a mean master whips his child laborers. The whippings are briefly described and the children appear unharmed by them. A storyteller tells a tale in which characters are killed unjustly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Young people have the beginnings of romantic feelings; mostly they are confused and intrigued by them. A young prince falls in love with a peasant girl.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking wine and mead, typical for the time and type of story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a classic fairy tale. There is mild fairy-tale violence and, of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust.
Is It Any Good?
Creech's clever weaving of two seemingly unrelated tales takes readers on a journey in which they will discover all that glitters can be itchy. Kids will enjoy all the trappings of a traditional fairy tale: beautiful clothes, royals, gorgeous castles and sweeping castle grounds, mean masters, noble peasant children, storytellers, and eccentric hermits. There is plenty of intrigue with poisons, snakes, and thieves. Parents will like the moral dilemmas that reach a satisfying conclusion in which both peasants and royals find value in their own circumstances. The characters also find purpose in reaching out to others.
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